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This obviously cannot be done with the means of the woman-
cut-in-two magic trick, so it needs to be using some other
which we will soon discover in the proposals by you, the
readers of this idea.
The people in the story lived circa 150 or 200 CE but it is not
clear when the story
was actually recorded and it may be as
late as the year 700, where it is referred to in dated
Here's the text in Aramaic and my transliteration and
translation of it:
Amar l-ay Rav Le Rabb-i Hiyya:
Said to him Master to My-master Hiyya:
Le Di-ydee Haz-ee Li Ha-hoo Taya-a
To of-myhands saw-I the-him Taian-the
I myself have seen that Taian
that took a bench
and cut the camel
ve-taraf lay be-tabl-a
and-hit him in-table-the
and hit him with/on the table
and stood up
amar lay: le-batar ha-ki dam u-partha mi hawai?
said him: to-after the-cause - blood and-filth who was?
He said: there blood and filth left after that?
el-la ahiz-ath ena-y-im huw-a.
to-not now-hold-ing eye-pair-s he-the
to the contrary it was an illusion of the eye.
ella (literally to-not) means BUT or TO-THE-CONTRARY
huw-a (literally he-the) means IS.
The Taiya tribe roams the southern Sinai desert and camps at
times in the desert areas of eastern Jordan, Syria and
||Are bench and table synonymous?
||First, you get two midget camels...
||Given the apparent level of detail of the source, and quality
of your translation, I'm thinking this was probably a trivial
trick by today's standards.
Taian had some prop of trick bench or table which the
camel appeared to intersect with.
Perhaps as simple as the "arrow through the head" or "nail
through the finger" trick.
||Clearly a bigger trick than turning a rod into a
serpent and back again.
||That always bugged me. Aaron
could do it because God gave a miracle... but
pharaohs magicians just used
trickery? How do we know it wasnt the other way
around? Or both miracles? Or both parlor tricks?
||//turning a rod into a serpent and back again.//
||I saw this in a documentary "Conan the Barbarian". Well, something similar - making arrows.
The trick is to hold the snake by the head and run your hand down the snake's body, speaking the word of power "seeek".
This stiffens up the snake nicely, and it can then be fired from a bow quite a long way - apparently with some target-seeking abilities. It turns
back into a snake on arrival at its destination.
||Of course you'd need a bigger snake to make a walking stick.
||//it can then be fired from a bow//
||Unless it has a forked tail, how is it nocked on to the string?
||//Unless it has a forked tail, how is it nocked on to the
||That was one of my questions, it wasn't clear to me from the
footage... maybe a sabot?
If you made the effort to do a bit of preparation you could
fletch your snakes.
||Train a camel to move into unusual body position on specific touch. Use a cutting implement that changes shape to look embedded A blood leak pouch in the blade may add a dimension.
||Use environmental factors to blur the realisation of a projection of guts/anatomy on weird body position. A lotion on the skin, of specific light qualities, could help with image reflection.
||Lay cloth over top. Say Allah-peanut- butter- sandwhiches. Cloth wipes fake blood, and all is right again.
||That was a good documentary. They also showed how to deal with camels - just punch them in the face.